When we talk about souls to be won for Jesus, I have to remember what the soul is made of. That invisible part that is visible to God almighty. The mind, the WILL, and the emotions. Our thoughts can change every five minutes and our emotions can be triggered by a miriade of things. A memory, a hurt, an embarrassment and more.
Yet, when I think of that WILL part I am stumped. I tend to view my own will as something of a treasure. I guard it and tend to want to nurture it.
The hardest thing to lay down is our own willful thoughts and actions that follow them. Luke 22:42 is where Jesus prayed to the Father. "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done." None of us will ever be asked to lay down our WILL for the salvation of the world. But, Jesus did.
Do we tend to say silently 'My will be done'? I know at times I am tempted to go my own way. Yet, the Father's touch is ever near to me. Beyond the emotional ups and downs, even when my mind is troubled I find myself being led by my own will. And still more grace comes to me as I sit back and seek His WILL. It's a choice really, which will to choose. My will can cause devastating results or His will can lead to the peace that passes understanding.